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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written - Strategic Approach to Regeneration – Western Valleys
Since I announced our intention to develop a Strategic Regeneration Area in the Western Valleys in late 2008 we have been working with stakeholders to define the scope of the SRA and develop a prioritised programme of holistic regeneration activity. With this in mind I am today announcing the boundaries of the Western Valleys area of South Wales as a Strategic Regeneration Area.
The Western Valleys is part of the spatial plan area identified as Swansea Bay - Waterfront and Western Valleys. It is very much identified with its history of heavy industry in mining, steel and chemicals. It is today still suffering from the decline of these industries and as a consequence has a number of areas identified in the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation 2008 as some of the most deprived in Wales.
Following representations from stakeholders regarding the programme area boundary of the Western Valleys, I can confirm that it will provide a regeneration focus on communities within a geography stretching from the Gwendraeth Valley in the West across to the Upper Garw and Ogmore valleys of Bridgend in the East and extend north to the community of Ystradgynlais and gives a population included within the boundary of 183,690.
The inclusion of part of the Gwendraeth valley in the Western Valleys SRA is intended as a temporary measure to enable the development of integrated regeneration opportunities in that valley, while the area’s specific relationship with ongoing regeneration in and around Llanelli waterside is developed.
The long term aim is to ensure a long term sustainable future through economic development, improving skills levels and training opportunities, stimulating job creation, raising housing standards, tackling economic inactivity, developing better transport links and promoting the highest quality of health care. An integrated programme of significant regeneration activity will be implemented to ensure a long term sustainable future and partnership is across boundaries is essential for success.
The programme is working in partnership with local authorities, the private sector and the community and voluntary sector and will build on the existing community infrastructure, including the Communities First partnerships based in the area, ensuring that best practice in regeneration is shared and the benefits spread across the valleys.
We will also ensure that local people are truly linked to the opportunities for regeneration and that the investment from the SRA programme adds value to existing and planned projects.